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UW Oshkosh Women Attend Physics Conference (January 2018)

On January 12, 2018, Dani Ali, Callahan Berger, Heather Pace, and Megan Rose from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and Julia Goeks from Ripon College, traveled to Iowa State University in Ames, IA to attend the annual CUWiP, Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics.

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On January 12, 2018, Dani Ali, Callahan Berger, Heather Pace, and Megan Rose from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and Julia Goeks from Ripon College, traveled to Iowa State University in Ames, IA to attend the annual CUWiP, Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. The annual event held at different Universities each year is hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and features presentations by female physicists working in both academia and industry, career workshops, undergraduate research presentations and an opportunity to network with other female physics undergraduate students. 

The conference began with an in-depth tour of the Ames Laboratory, a government owned laboratory focusing on research to help eliminate the need for materials that are subject to international supply disruptions.  We examined the creation of nanoparticles and superconductivity with the physicists and chemists that were leading the research at the institute.  The evening ended with the first networking event.  The Keynote Speaker, Patricia Burchat, and the breakout sessions that included noteworthy topics as Interrupting Bias, Impostor Syndrome and Authentic Leadership highlighted Day 2.  The evening commenced with a banquet dinner where awards were given for the undergraduate research presented and an interesting look at women in physics and how they helped shape history. 

The conference concluded on January 14th with a half day of speakers.  One of which, the highlight of the convention for me, was the plenary session lead by Dr. Marcela Carena, the head of the Theoretical Physics Department at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.  She gave a very real look at not only the research being conducted at Fermi and CERN, but also an example of what it means to be a professional woman in physics today.  Overall, the conference provided a great opportunity to meet and explore various areas of physics and research, network with other female physics undergraduate students, and be inspired and encouraged by accomplished women currently working in physics.  

Written by Heather Pace, Physics Major (2019), and CUWiP Trip Coordinator

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by Lattery, Mark J last modified Apr 19, 2018 02:45 PM